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Kosovo's status process can be concluded soon, top UN envoy says

Following direct talks between Belgrade and Pristina, the Secretary-General's top envoy to Kosovo expressed optimism that the status process of the Serbian province - which the world body has run since western forces drove out Yugoslav troops in 1999 amid ethnic fighting - can be concluded soon.

UN Standing Police Capacity unit to train in United Kingdom ahead of first mission

Officers from the United Nations Standing Police Capacity will undergo two weeks of training in transitional justice and other aspects of peacekeeping at the top police leadership centre in the United Kingdom from 8-19 October ahead of deployment to their first mission, senior UN Police officers said today.

UN bolsters ties with European network to protect refugees and asylum-seekers

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and the European Council on Refugees and Exiles (ECRE), a network of 76 organizations in 31 countries, agreed to enhance their collaboration to promote better treatment of refugees and asylum-seekers.

Turkish leader says UN offers sole platform for ending Cyprus problem

The United Nations remains the only platform for resolving the Cyprus problem, Turkey’s Prime Minister told the General Assembly today as he called on the members of the international community to remove all of their restrictions on Turkish Cypriots as soon as possible.

Global pact needed against deploying weapons in space, Russia says at UN debate

Russia’s Foreign Minister told national leaders attending the General Assembly today that it is time to establish a global agreement outlawing the deployment of weapons in space, warning they endanger the existence of all States.

Romania says UN best placed to overcome cultural and religious divides

No other organization is better placed than the United Nations to overcome differences between peoples, cultures and religions, Romania’s Foreign Minister told the General Assembly tonight, calling for greater dialogue to overcome what divides humankind.

European nations spotlight value of partnerships during General Assembly debate

European countries addressing the General Assembly’s annual high-level debate today stressed the value of multilateralism and called for international relations to be based more on partnerships, whether among individual States or with regional groups or the United Nations and other organizations.

UN refugee agency meets with its ‘vital partners’ – NGOs

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) is hosting three days of annual talks at its Geneva headquarters with some 200 non-governmental organizations (NGOs) who play a vital role as partners in helping it to meet the needs of millions of uprooted people around the world.

UN tribunal upholds judgments in three cases against Kosovo fighters

The Appeals Chamber of the United Nations tribunal established to try those responsible for the worst war crimes committed in the Balkans in the 1990s today upheld the Trial Chamber’s conviction of one former Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA) member and acquittal of two others.

Rejecting independence for Kosovo, Serbia’s president offers compromise at UN

Restating Serbia’s long-standing rejection of independence for Kosovo, the country’s President today proposed a compromise for the province that the United Nations has administered since 1999 based on the “autonomous development” of the Albanian-majority community.